Take a COVID-19 Test
In need of a COVID-19 test in Johnson County? The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment recommends anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or anyone who has been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 get tested.
Rapid (antigen) test kits are available at most pharmacies and retailers. In addition, a limited number of at-home testing kits are also available each day at five Johnson County Library locations:
- Antioch Library
- Cedar Roe Library
- Central Resource Library
- Monticello Library
- Leawood Pioneer Library
Testing is also available at pharmacies, urgent care clinics, healthcare providers and the following locations:
- No-Cost COVID-19 Testing (Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) for COVID-19)
- Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 (HHS.gov)
- ComeBack KC Testing Locations
On Dec. 15, 2022, the federal government announced that every U.S. household is eligible to receive four free at-home COVID-19 tests by mail. Place an order here.
Types of COVID-19 Testing
|Molecular Test||Antigen Test||Antibody Test|
|Also known as..||Diagnostic test, viral test, molecular test, Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), RT-PCR test, LAMP test||Rapid diagnostic test (Some molecular tests are also rapid tests)||Serological test, serology, blood test, serology test|
|What is it?||A diagnostic test that can detect active infection. Currently, the preferred COVID-19 testing method.||A diagnostic test that can detect active infection.||A test that detects antibodies the immune system created in response to past infection|
|What kind of sample is taken?||Nasal or throat swab (most tests) Saliva (a few tests)||Nasal or throat swab||Finger stick or blood draw|
|What do the test results mean?||POSITIVE: Most likely, you DO have an active COVID-19 infection and can give the virus to others.
NEGATIVE: Most likely you DO NOT currently have an active COVID-19 infection.
|POSITIVE: Most likely, you DO have an active COVID-19 infection and can give the virus to others.
NEGATIVE: You either DO NOT currently have an active COVID-19 infection or you DO have COVID-19 but were tested early or late into the virus’ progression.
|POSITIVE: You were potentially previously infected with COVID-19.
NEGATIVE: You were potentially never previously infected with COVID-19, or have not yet developed antibodies.
|Next steps||POSITIVE: Stay home and follow CDC guidance on steps to take to avoid spreading your illness to others.
NEGATIVE: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, stay home and continue to follow CDC guidance to avoid spreading potential illness to others.
|POSITIVE: Stay home and follow CDC guidance on steps to take to avoid spreading your illness to others.
NEGATIVE: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, stay home and continue to follow CDC guidance to avoid spreading potential illness to others. A molecular test is recommended.
|POSITIVE: You may be protected from reinfection or have some degree of temporary immunity. Currently, CDC and CSTE places this at 3 months.
NEGATIVE: You are still susceptible to COVID-19. Please take steps to protect yourself and others.
*The cycle threshold for these tests is determined by the manufacturers of the FDA approved testing platforms, not JCDHE or KDHE.